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					    UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL STUDENT APPLICATION PROCESS

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine programs leading to the MD, MD-PhD,
and MD-MS degrees welcome applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of
citizenship status. As a school with a strong emphasis on diversity of the student body
and faculty, as well as provision of rigorous training in the most up-to-date scientific
advances in medicine, we believe that international students will contribute to the school
through their prior experiences and cultural backgrounds. The University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine has an international scope with a collaborative clinical, educational
and research presence around the world. Therefore, it is an integral component of our
mission to train outstanding physician leaders for the international community.

International applicants must meet all requirements of applicants who are United States
citizens, permanent residents or asylees. These requirements mandate at least one year of
higher education within the United States or Canada and completion of all pre-requisite
courses as listed on the web site. Proficiency in written and spoken English must be
documented as outlined below.

 Individuals who already received the degree of Doctor of Medicine are not eligible to
apply as a candidate for a medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine. Transfer students are only accepted from LCME accredited allopathic medical
schools.

Official Transcripts:

The applicant must arrange for an official transcript/academic documents to be sent to the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from each college or university attended
outside of the United States. Official documents are defined as original academic records
that are issued by the institution attended and bear the seal of the issuing institution and
the original signature of the registrar or appropriate official. If the academic institution
issues the academic documents in a language other than English, the applicant must
submit the official transcript/academic documents in the original language along with a
certified English translation of the original documents.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required for all applicants to The
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Applicants must take the Medical College
Admissions Test (MCAT) within three years of the date of application.

 In addition, all applicants who are citizens of a country in which English is not the
official language or if the applicant is a citizen of the province of Quebec in Canada are
required to show evidence of English language proficiency by submitting the official
results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International
English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students taking a version of the TOEFL
must score a minimum of 600 on the TOEFL pBT or a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL
iBT. Students taking the IELTS must score a minimum of 7.00. If the applicant has


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earned a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in the
United States, the applicant will be exempt from submitting English language proficiency
test results.

Application:

Individuals must apply on-line through AMCAS at www.aamc.org. To complete an
application for admission, the applicant must submit the secondary application and have
three letters of recommendation.

Application Fee:

All applicants are required to pay the secondary application fee. This fee is non-
refundable and must be submitted to complete the applicant’s application for admissions.
The application fee will be waived for applicants who have received an AMCAS fee
waiver. Applications are not reviewed without payment of the fee or a fee waiver.

Interviews:

Once the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine receives a completed application,
it will be reviewed for consideration for interview. No student is accepted to the School
of Medicine without an on-site interview. Interviews are held from mid-August through
mid-December. Applicants are responsible for the costs of interviewing and arranging
for required travel documentation. Early applications are encouraged.

Criminal Background Checks:

All students undergo a criminal background check prior to matriculation.

International Student Escrow Deposit:

International students accepted for admission will be required to deposit with the
University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Student Accounting and Billing a sum equal to
the total cost of education for their anticipated period of enrollment. The current escrow
account for four years of medical education at the University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine is approximately $256,000 US currency. Any scholarships awarded to the
applicant from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will be subtracted from
the total amount required in escrow for the four years. No interest will be paid on the
funds that are in escrow.

Tuition and Fees assessed by the School of Medicine will be applied against the student’s
escrow account twice a year (fall and spring) by the due date set by the University of
Pittsburgh. After current tuition and fees are satisfied with the University of Pittsburgh,
the student will receive a refund of 1/8 of the escrow balance each semester for living
expenses.




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Should an international student transfer to another school under approved Immigration
and Naturalization Service procedures or return to their home country with no intentions
of returning to complete their medical education with the University of Pittsburgh School
of Medicine, the balance of the escrow account may be refunded after all institutional
charges have been satisfied. This refund must be requested in writing. Documentation of
withdrawal from the University of Pittsburgh or transfer to another school must be
provided by the Office of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine.

Financial Aid and Scholarship:

Applicants who do not hold a permanent visa or an immigrant visa are not eligible for
educational loan programs supported by the US government. Because of these
limitations and the high cost of pursuing a medical education within the US, qualified
international students will be issued conditional acceptance into the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine under the following conditions. On or before July 1 of the
year of matriculation, the accepted applicant must deposit in an escrow account funds
sufficient to meet all tuition, mandatory fees, and living expenses for the anticipated
period of enrollment minus any scholarship amounts awarded. The amount to be placed
in escrow will be determined based on the cost of attendance of the incoming year
multiplied by four years. Each year tuition may increase. However, the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine will provide scholarship dollars to cover the increase cost
due to tuition increases over the ensuing three years. The current escrow account for
four year of medical education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is
approximately $256,000 US currency.

International students may be considered for our UPSOM Diversity Scholarship ranging
from $5,000 to $40,000 per year. International students are eligible to apply for other
programmatic funding such as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD), the
Physician Scientist Training Program and the Clinical Scientist Training Program.
Applicants should only pursue these programs if they have a genuine interest in research
as a primary activity in their future. Acceptance to the Medical Scientist Training
Program guarantees full tuition scholarship per year for four years as well as a living
stipend, which will be paid by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During
the graduate years a living stipend is paid to the student. Acceptance to the Physician
Scientist Training Program guarantees full tuition scholarship for four years and a stipend
the research year only. Acceptance to the Clinical Scientist Training Program guarantees
partial tuition support for the four medical school years and full tuition payment for the
graduate year with a small living stipend for the graduate year.

Acceptance:

Once the applicant is admitted and has accepted the offer of admissions, their file will be
forwarded to the Office of International Services (OIS) where an Immigration Specialist
will review and issue the Form I-20 for F-1 international students. If there are any
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communicate with the student regarding their specific situation as the need arises.
Additional information in regards to the Immigration –related services available at the
University of Pittsburgh can be found on-line at http://www.ois.pitt.edu/new-here/.

Matriculation:

All accepted applicants must secure their visa to travel to the US by July 1 of the year of
matriculation. Applicants must inform the Office of Admissions of the date of their
consulate interview along with notification of the consulate’s decision. Upon arrival in
the United States, accepted applicants must check in with The University of Pittsburgh’s
Office of International Services (OIS) located in Room 708 of the William Pitt Union. At
this time, accepted applicants must bring their passports and Form I-94 Arrival/Departure
Record to OIS.

Housing:

International students may apply to live in the University housing for medical students
which is on campus. This is convenient and affordable. It is not required that student
live in the University owned housing; there are many safe neighborhoods with affordable
apartments that are close to the University on direct bus lines. Free public transportation
via bus is available to all University of Pittsburgh medical students through their official
University of Pittsburgh identification card.

Questions:

Call 412 648 9891 (country code 001) with any questions.




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